Belmont Stakes Week 2011

Images from Belmont Stakes Week 2011.

The Triple Crown moved to New York for the Belmont Stakes.

Photo: Chad Harmon

The day begins at Belmont Park.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Heading to the track for training.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Trainer Kathy Ritvo kept Mucho Mach Man in focus.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Stay Thirsty was just a blur.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Preakness winner Shackleford made himself at home.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

His trainer, Dale Romans, stood out in a crowd.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Owner Ahmed Zayat offered up some love for Nehro.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Tom Albertrani kept a watchful eye on his charge

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Brilliant Speed

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Master of Hounds arrived from Europe, and became the buzz horse.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Derby winner Animal Kingdom was not impressed.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Animal Kingdom's trainer, Graham Motion seemed to be taking things a little more seriously.

Photo: Rick Samuels

The heat was the big story early in the week, as racing was cancelled on Thursday.

Photo: Rick Samuels

But, Belmont morning was cool, cloudy, and rainy.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Rain, rain, go away.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Now, that's a squeegee.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Great weather…for ducks.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Photographers set up for the winning shot.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Early arrivers finalize plans for the big day.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Jockeys showed off their form in the morning, for a good cause.

Photo: Rick Samuels

A birdseye view of the Belmont.

Photo: Joy Leonard

Secretariat is ready to welcome a new Belmont winner to the club.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Dressed for success?

Photo: Chad Harmon

Did anyone see my jockey?

Photo: Chad Harmon

The day looks pretty perfect from here.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Here I am.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

East Side, West Side, all around the town.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Things to be thankful for - NYRA allows umbrellas.

Photo: Chad Harmon

The faces of Belmont day:

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Photo: Skip Dickstein

It's Tricky got the Stakes action started with an upset win in the Acorn (gr. I) over heavily favored Turbulent Descent.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Trappe Shot dominated the True North (gr. II), winning by 8 1/2 lengths.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

The Woody Stephens (gr. I) belonged to Justin Phillip.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

C. S. Silk played catch me if you can in the Just a Game (gr. IT), no one could.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Mission Approved led all the way to take the Manhattan (gr. IT)

Photo: Dave Harmon

Jose Espinoza was all smiles after the Manhattan.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Next up, the main event.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

I think I see them coming.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Did he get there?

Photo: Rick Samuels

The Belmont winner will soon be clear.

Photo: Rick Samuels

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